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crash the pips

crash the pips  v. phr.— «The presenter over-runs on an item because the guest is so strong, and you have to lop off a bit in the summer salads item or—crime of crimes—pot cut a feature. A second over and you’ve crashed the pips for the...

phantom aid

phantom aid  n.— «Similarly, the amount of international aid that has poured into the country (like the number of soldiers, not enough) is often invisible, what is sometimes called “phantom aid.” Non-governmental aid...

torch party

torch party  n.— «Members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “torch party”…joined colleagues from Combined Joint Task Force 76 in operating areas at Bagram Airfield, Forward Operating Base Salerno and Forward Operating Base Orgun-E...

Rummy’s Dummies

Rummy’s Dummies  n.— «It’s only the tribal leaders “loyal to the new Afghan government of Karzai” who are getting wiped out at the moment, thanks to the Taliban’s superior counterintelligence convincing Rummy’s Dummies to bomb...

hajji mart

hajji mart  n.— «She arrived with two black footlockers packed with her belongings and Christmas presents she’d bought at the Hajji Mart, an Afghan bazaar.» —“Wounded soldier Diane Gilliam will cherish time with her family in O.C...

terp

terp  n.— «The “terp,” as the grunts call their Afghan interpreter, sums up the atmosphere.» —“The War In The Shadows” by Linda Robinson U.S. News & World Report May 10, 2004. (source: Double...